Etihad to Add Second Daily A380 Service Between JFK and Abu Dhabi

By Jesse Sokolow on 26 July 2016
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DSC_0388Etihad Airways announced that it plans to increase Airbus A380 service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport on June 1, 2017.

The carrier currently offers two daily flights between the two destinations, one with an Airbus A380 and one with a Boeing 777-300ER. Etihad will begin using an A380 on both flights as of next June.

The airline said that it will be changing to the larger aircraft to meet increased customer demand from passengers traveling between New York and Abu Dhabi.

The new daily A380 flight will depart Abu Dhabi at 10:10 a.m. and arrive in New York at 4:30 p.m. From New York, flights will depart at 10:45 p.m. and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 7:50 p.m. the next day.

The A380s feature the carrier’s Residence suite, a 125-square-foot (11.6-square-meter) suite consisting of three rooms, located in the forward portion of the upper deck.  The rooms include a living room, a bedroom, and a private bathroom with shower.  Each Etihad A380 has one Residence.

The living room has a 32” LCD monitor, a sofa, and two dining tables, while the bedroom has a 24” LCD monitor and double bed.  The Residence is designed for one or two passengers.

Passengers traveling in the Residence will also have the dedicated services of a Savoy Academy-trained butler.  The butlers undergo a three-week course covering food and wine, international protocol and etiquette, VIP guest care, valet skills, and managing travel arrangements.  They attend class for two weeks; the third week is spent in service at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The Airbus aircraft also offers nine First Apartments, which are private spaces with a reclining lounge chair and ottoman, with the latter converting to a separate, 80.5” fully lie-flat bed.  The First Apartments are also equipped with 24” LCD monitors.

Etihad’s A380s also feature 70 Business Studios on the upper deck.  Passengers may visit the Lobby, a lounge and bar area outfitted with leather sofas and a TV, located between the first- and business-class cabins. The plane is configured with 415 seats in economy.

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